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Old November 3, 2011, 02:46 PM   #1
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It's Only 3 Shots but...

Well, I haven't been able to shoot much this year and this is the first time I've been at a real range with real benches in a LOOONG time....

Gun still shoots, I guess.

100 yards, .204 Ruger, 32gr V-Max, 28.0gr Benchmark.... seems like 1/2" too me.

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Old November 3, 2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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Actually your group is 0.418 MOA with an average distance from center of 0.175 inch, done on On-Target.

Now we need to get you to use some H-335 and get you down to 0.321 MOA (LOL)

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Old November 3, 2011, 03:29 PM   #3
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Well you know, you really have to shoot a 5-shot group to know for sure
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Old November 3, 2011, 03:30 PM   #4
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Well you know, you really have to shoot a 5-shot group to know for sure
I think it's 10 actually.

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Now we need to get you to use some H-335 and get you down to 0.321 MOA
Thanks, but Benchmark and H335 both are too slow (MV). I'm going to try W748 next year. QuickLoad predicts I can get 4,200 fps with that. Hopefully it's accurate. It works great in 22-250.
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Old November 3, 2011, 03:35 PM   #5
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I prefer 1 shot groups myself...
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Old November 3, 2011, 03:38 PM   #6
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Oh, and it was technically 103 yards, so my MOA is a bit less.
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Old November 3, 2011, 03:42 PM   #7
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I fully understand and accept the idea that to claim a firearm /shooter is making xxxMOA groups...it has to be apples to apples and 3 shot groups do not compare to 5 shot,7 shot,10 shot groups.

Ammo is expensive,barrels do wear out ,and most of us only have so much time at the range.

I typically get my business done with 3 shot groups.Initial sighting in,I'll use one or two.

Mr P,thats a nice 3 shot group.Its an honest post.I bet you got a grin walking up to the target!

You can count on,every time someone posts a 3 shot,someone else will point out it is not a 5 shot.So what?
It is what it is.
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Old November 3, 2011, 03:52 PM   #8
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I bet you got a grin walking up to the target!
Actually I was a little scared.

I knew the first two were good and I told myself I wasn't going to look until I go walked up after the 3rd. Fortunately, 1 and 2 were the high and low, so 3 actually didn't effect the the group.

It's so nice to shoot with a real bench and a real rest. I don't need to know what I can do... which is not a lot. I want to know what my handloads and gun can do, which is better than I can.

Next time I go, it's 300!
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Old November 3, 2011, 04:48 PM   #9
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LOL, don't post that target at Sniper's Hide or they'll delete it.

Their rules: "No 3 hole groups are accepted and the target must me shown in it's entirety.
Inside 300 yards you must post at least (4) 5 shot groups that can be identified on target or you may post (1) 10 shot group for record. I will also accept (6) 3 shot groups on the same paper or target."

Yeah, I know this isn't SnipersHide but I share the same sentiments that a single 3 hole group means very little.
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Old November 3, 2011, 05:07 PM   #10
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Yeah, I know this isn't SnipersHide but I share the same sentiments that a single 3 hole group means very little.
It would only mean nothing if the group was 2.0.
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Old November 3, 2011, 08:04 PM   #11
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What is the point or 3, 5, 10 or 300 shot groups?

If it is a hunting rifle of any type there is only one shot that counts. That is the cold bore shot. That is unless you are doing high volume shooting like ground squirrels or P dogs.

How many shots and you take at a deer? If you have to take over 2 at the MAX you SUCK and you should put your guns away.

So in my eyes 3 shots are just as good or better than 5 or 10 shot groups.

If putting 3 bullets into a target at 100 yards and they are all touching I am saying that is a decent shooting rifle.
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Old November 3, 2011, 08:12 PM   #12
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thats nice shooting, i'd be happy with that after a loooong break.
feels good dont it?
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Old November 3, 2011, 08:34 PM   #13
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LOL, don't post that target at Sniper's Hide or they'll delete it.

Their rules: "No 3 hole groups are accepted and the target must me shown in it's entirety.
Inside 300 yards you must post at least (4) 5 shot groups that can be identified on target or you may post (1) 10 shot group for record. I will also accept (6) 3 shot groups on the same paper or target."

Yeah, I know this isn't SnipersHide but I share the same sentiments that a single 3 hole group means very little.
I share the same sentiment but I'm not trying to win any prizes... and I was out of ammo.


It is nice to shoot some. Life has been rather stressful of late and shooting helps me relax a little.
I shot the Encore handgun too but the scope is still slipping. Time for some lock-tite. I replaced the fixed objective 2-7 scope with an adjustable 3-12. Apparently the extra weight is more than the rings can hold.
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Old November 3, 2011, 08:50 PM   #14
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Yeah, I know this isn't SnipersHide but I share the same sentiments that a single 3 hole group means very little.
Peetza forgive me for butting in, but Otto, stuff it who cares what another forum thinks is good or bad. Peetza, that was nice shooting and a good group, congrats.


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peetza, do they give tours at the Ilion plant, and if so, have you taken it?

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Old November 3, 2011, 09:13 PM   #16
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I'm not sure exactly.... There's a museum but I don't know if you can tour the factory. Sadly, I've never been there... Even though I've spent my whole life with 90 miles of the place.
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Old November 3, 2011, 09:19 PM   #17
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Sounds like you have your weekend plans then
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Old November 3, 2011, 09:22 PM   #18
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I wish! We have some sort of a "North Pole" trip in December.... We'll be within 10 miles or so. Maybe I can make it then.
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Old November 4, 2011, 06:34 PM   #19
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I downloaded OnTarget... I have to take exception to your measurement Jim.

Based on this:



OnTarget says .368 MOA, .168" to center.



I could be wrong... I never use OnTarget, though it's pretty awesome. Regardless, I was very happy just to be able to shoot yesterday.
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Old November 4, 2011, 08:30 PM   #20
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The only important factor is whether you are personally satisfied with the three shot results or not. Are you?
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Old November 4, 2011, 08:40 PM   #21
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You can count on,every time someone posts a 3 shot,someone else will point out it is not a 5 shot.So what?
It is what it is.
So what? It is a fact that if you are firing an accurate rifle, there is a high probability that the group is the result of pure chance. In other words, if he shot a three shot group again, it would not be that good or even not good at all (a poor group). The more accurate the rifle, the more likely it will print a good group that is not representative of the rifle's or shooters capability. That is why five shot groups (and sometimes ten shot groups), are the standard in all bench rest competition. The reason why the site that prohibits posting of three shot groups, could be because they get tired of explaining it and the statistical probability involved.
Maybe this will give you a differnt persepective:
http://thefiringline.com/forums/show...am#post4795337
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Old November 4, 2011, 08:45 PM   #22
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Nice shooting, welcome back to sub-MOA town! I feel a 3-shot group is valid for a rifle and load that has proven itself to be sub-MOA. I feel it's also valid for a hard-kicking rifle (Marlin Guide Gun) or pistol (like my .35 Rem T/C Contender). When I'm developing loads for tamer rifles I like to shoot two five-shot groups and will consider them as a 10-shot group. And quite frankly I don't care if a sniper wannabe believes me or not. I can fake a one-ragged-hole group and claim it was shot at 300 yds on a range that faces due south with a 37mph 70 degree crosswind but I really don't care that much about impressing folks. IF I post a group it's likely to be embarrassing or sub-par but I'm a seasoned comp shooter, I've damn sure been embarrassed before!
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Old November 4, 2011, 08:46 PM   #23
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That's a good group in my book any day, nice shooting.
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Old November 4, 2011, 09:01 PM   #24
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The only important factor is whether you are personally satisfied with the three shot results or not. Are you?
Not really. Not one 3 shot group anyway. However, this gun and load has proven itself over time. I have used this exact load for over a year, killed a woodchuck at 369 yards, shot many 1/2-3/4 MOA 3 shot groups at 100 yards and not a single group OVER 3/4, shot a 3 shot group at 410 yards that was right at 3 inches and shot a 3 shot group at 296 yards in 20 mph crosswind that was about 3 inches.

However, NONE of those groups or shots were under any conditions remotely approaching ideal. Those were in a field, with no rear rest and a bipod up front.

Next time, maybe I'll go for more. Frankly, the biggest reason I usually stop at 3 is that I get bored waiting for the barrel to cool in between shots. Even with this group I only waited 2 or 3 minutes and shot my Encore in between.

I guess the obvious solution is to get enough guns that I can shoot one every minute and still get 10 minutes between shots.
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Don't sell the bipod short. I've done some of my best shooting off a bipod up front and an offhand fist under the buttstock. Some rifles just don't like sandbags.
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